(Des Moines, Iowa) – Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange has committed to play in The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo May 28 – June 2, 2013 at Wakonda Club. This will be the first appearance for Strange in Des Moines.
Strange won 17 times on the PGA Tour, including back-to-back wins in the U.S. Open in 1988 and 1989. His 1988 triumph came in a playoff against Nick Faldo at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Strange made it two in a row at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. He became the first player to successfully defend his U.S. Open title since Ben Hogan in 1950 and 1951.
The World Golf Hall of Fame member and five-time Ryder Cup participant led the PGA Tour in earnings in 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Strange, a two-time NCAA medalist was a college teammate of defending Principal Charity Classic champion Jay Haas at Wake Forest. Strange has played in just four Champions Tour events this season.
“We were thrilled to see that Curtis committed” said Jamie Alt, tournament director. “We heard he played last week and was feeling good, so couldn’t be more excited to have him join the field for our inaugural year at Wakonda.”
Strange joins a field of previously committed players including Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Price and defending champion Jay Haas. Champions Tour rookies Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington will also make their first appearance at The Principal Charity Classic. For a full list of player commitments, visit http://www.principalcharityclassic.com/pcc-players.php.
Tickets to The Principal Charity Classic are $15 and can be purchased online at www.principalcharityclassic.com or by calling the tournament office at (515) 279-4653. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.
About The Principal Charity Classic®
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual Champions Tour event. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines plays host to the event, which is focused on philanthropic giving for designated “FORE Our Kids” charities. The 2013 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 28 – June 2, 2013, at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com, or connect with the tournament on Facebook.com/PrincipalCharityClassic or on Twitter @PFGGolfClassic.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 30 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2012, tournaments on all five Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR Canada) generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.85 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Follow the Champions Tour at Facebook.com/Champions Tour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.